Pak Talk: Reporters who would never quote a Southern golfer as
saying, "Ah reckon ah done good" keep quoting Se Ri Pak in
pidgin English. Last week Pak was widely quoted as saying of her
riotous galleries, "They make big loud. I feel more better with
No Jack City: Gimpy-hipped Jack Nicklaus has been jilted
by Donald Trump. The Golden Bear's Paragon Construction
International Co. had been building the Donald a $40 million golf
resort in Palm Beach, Fla., until Trump, who reportedly felt that
Jack's firm was moving too slowly, dumped him for another
Five Alive: Gil Morgan may have stolen Hale Irwin's
thunder at the Senior Players Championship, but it's Irwin who is
working on the streak of '98. No one has played a full season
without missing the top 10 at least once, but Irwin has yet to
miss the top five in any Senior event this year.
Slow-footed: Shoe salesmen are bemoaning the sluggish sales of
Nike's black-and-red Tiger Woods signature golf spikes (below),
which sell for more than $200. "A disaster," one retailer calls
the Tiger line. Another complains that the spikes "look like
One retailer describes Tiger's spikes as "bowling shoes" (Jacqueline Duvoisin)
What's New, Pussycat? Is Woods, who clouted a 440-yard drive at
Royal Birkdale on Monday but seems ever more prone to sudden
train wrecks, exasperating his caddie? One truism on Fluff
Cowan's Web site (www.fluffsite.com) this week is, "Remember,
you don't have to go for every shot."
The 20th Hole: "Boomers are hustling to reinvent the rituals of
loss," writes undertaker Thomas Lynch in The New York Times. The
last word in cremation: a designer urn shaped like a golf bag.
No Caddy, Thanks: Connecticut businessman Tom Graham qualified
for the U.S. Senior Open last week, but don't expect him to turn
pro. At a pro-am last year, Graham noted that a Cadillac was
being offered for a hole in one. "I had car trouble this
morning. Which way does the green break?" he asked just before
acing the hole. Graham declined the car to preserve his amateur
status, but it found a home when a pro in the next group aced
Child's Play: Todd Miller, son of Johnny, tied for fifth at last
week's Junior Tournament of Champions in Coto De Caza, Calif.
Kevin Stadler, scion of the Walrus line, came in 11th behind
winner John Lepak.
Fussy Zoeller: Fuzzy Zoeller has sued Florida Today over a satire
the newspaper published in which he was quoted as saying, "Hey,
what about that Japanese golfer, Marry Yo Mama.... I wouldn't
mind if he won. I kind of like egg rolls." Zoeller's lawsuit
seeks damages for a "false, misleading and dishonest article."
Speed Bump: Casey Martin hit a 30-yard tee shot during last
week's Quad City Classic. Martin's duffed drive off the 18th tee
on Saturday contributed to a 73 that knocked him out of the hunt,
but he rallied for a final-round 69 and earned $3,178 for 66th
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Issue date: July 20, 1998